Aquarium nails (or water nails) were a big thing about 10 years ago. Now, it seems to be making a comeback because it is all over Instagram. In my last nail post, I tried the aquarium nails once before. It didn’t turn out too well. The glitter inside the nail did not move freely like it should. So, I decided to try it again with a slightly different technique.
I really loved my nail design from last week. It’s a classic Pink and White design where I use the LongHairPrettyNails Pink Nude Acrylic Powder. I just wasn’t happy with how the aquarium nails turned out. Since this is a fresh set of acrylic nails, I didn’t want to completely remove them. So, I just removed the two failed aquarium nails by soaking them in 100% acetone nail polish remover.
As stated above, I wanted to try a different technique to see if that would yield better results. Last time, I adhered the clear nail tips to an already completed acrylic nail. Which I later learned, didn’t leave enough space for the glitter underneath the clear tip to move easily. This time I glued a clear tip to my natural nail. I lightly shaped it and blended it into my natural nail. Then I placed another clear nail tip over my entire nail and sealed the top and sides with the Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic powder. This method left enough space between my natural nail and the clear tip on top. Next, I put in glitter and baby oil. Then I sealed in the opening with more Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic powder. With the extra space in between the nail, the glitter inside moves freely and now resembles how an aquarium nail should function.
I topped off the aquarium nails with a little bit of free hand nail art using white acrylic paint. And lastly, two coats of Seche Vite Top Coat.
I am much happier with these results. What do you think about the aquarium nails? Share your thoughts below.
Aquarium Nails: Second Attempt – LongHairPrettyNails
I have been neglecting my nails lately. As you might have noticed, it’s bee a few weeks since my last nail post. I’ve been extremely busy these past couple of weeks, but I finally set aside a little time to breath some life in my nails again.
This time around I decided to take it back to the basics (somewhat lol) with the classic long pink and white acrylic nails with a little twist. It has been a while since I did a french tip. I must say, my smile lines have gotten a lot better. The pink I used was of course my custom LongHairPrettyNails nude pink. The white acrylic I used was Whitest White by Tammy Taylor. The glitter used for the rose gold tips is from Born Pretty Store. Use the code CVEK31 to get an additional 10% off your order!
This is a fresh nail set, so I started by soaking my previous set off and prepping my natural nails for the acrylic application. After prepping my natural nails, I applied the nail tips and shaped them to my liking.
I applied the acrylic using the reverse application method. Which is basically applying the acrylic to the nail bed first and shaping the edge for the smile line. Once the nail bed is shaped. All you do is apply the white acrylic to the free edge and it doesn’t have to be neat. That is because when you file the nail, it will reveal the perfect smile line 🙂
For the glitter tips, I used the reverse technique as well. To apply the glitter, I picked up a bead of Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder, then dipped in into the glitter. I then used the glitter/clear acrylic bead to fill in the free edge. I repeated this process until I achieve the right amount of thickness on the tip, then capped it with just the Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder.
For the left middle finger and right ring finger, I was going for the aquarium nail. Which turned out to be a complete fail, but I’ll walk you through the process.
I took a clear nail tip and placed it on top my the nail. I used Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder to fill in 3 sides, leaving the side near the cuticle open. I used an xacto knife to place the glitter inside the nail. Then I used a re-purposed medicine syringe to fill the nail with baby oil. Finally I sealed the opening with clear acrylic. I lightly filled and buffed the nail to make it more smooth. I realized that I didn’t make enough room inside the aquarium nail for the liquid and glitter to move freely. Next time, I start with a thinner nail base before adhering the clear tip.
I was a little disappointed that the aquarium nails didn’t come out exactly as I had hope for. I had a totally different vision in my head about how this was going to turn out lol. But I was able to save the design somewhat by adding some free hand nail art. I plan on trying the aquarium nails again for my next design.
Long Pink and White Acrylic Nails with Rose Gold Glitter
I have mentioned my favorite nail technician, Nuni Torres, on previous post. He showcases his gorgeous work on his Instagram, @Nunis_nails. Well, he also sales custom colored acrylic powders. I recently took advantage of a sale he was having on his popular cover pinks. I purchased two in colors light pink (on the left) and intense pink. The containers are 1oz. This is a picture of Nuni’s work. He is truly amazing! This is one of my favorite designs by him. He used intense pink acrylic for this look and this was my inspiration for my design. Minus the rhinestones. Products used to create this design:
This set was very simple for the most part. I did this set with nail forms as I always do. I used this set to further practice on my reverse application technique. This thing I love the most about Nuni’s nails, is his smile line are always so perfect. Now working with the same acrylic powders that he uses, I understand how he does it. This powder is slow setting which gives you ample time to create the perfect smile line. The acrylic also is self leveling so you get a smooth appearance without having to manipulate the acrylic too much. I love this color as well. I tried mixing my own cover pinks but they never turned out right. The problem I always have with other pink acrylics is they are never opaque enough. This mix is perfect. This color, although very intense, is still a natural looking pink color. I would like to purchase all of his available color. Going to start saving up now! Tell me what you think!